April 23, 2008 Pacific Chorale’s American Festival Chorus – Finale Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 7 – 8:45 p.m.
A choral extravaganza of epic proportions – community, college and church choirs, Pacific Chorale and alumni join to create the
Pacific Chorale American Festival Chorus. Held in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, more than 500 voices will join in performances of works by Lauridsen, Whitacre, Parker, Randall Thompson and Aaron Copland. The Festival concludes with the rousing “In Dat Great Gettin’ up Mornin’,” featuring soloist and Orange County favorite Carver Cossey. There will also be a performance by the 160-voice Pacific Chorale under the direction of John Alexander featuring two works by the winners of the Chorale’s Young Composers Competition: Michael Eglin’s Barter and Zachary Wadsworth’s Fantasy on a Theme of William Billings.
American Festival Chorus participants include singers from:
Aldersgate Chorale, Brandon Brack, director Anaheim Mormon Chorale, JoLane Jolley, director Biola Women’s Chorus, Julie Ramsey, director Christ Church by the Sea, Craig Davis, director California State Univeristy Fullerton Chamber Choir and University Singers, Dr. Robert Istad, director California State Univeristy Fullerton Men’s Choir, Chris Peterson, director Cypress College Chamber Singers, Dr. Sheridan Ball, director Gloria Dei Choir, Rick Lopez, director Irvine Chinese Chorus, Ming-I Chin, director Irvine United Congregational Church Chancel Choir, Dr. Robert Istad, director Los Altos United Methodist Choir, Mary Breuer, director Men Alive, Rich Cook, director Our Lady Queen of Angels Choir, Dr. Patricia Murphy Lamb, director Pacific Chorale Alumni Saddleback Community College Chorale, Scott Farthing, director St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Choir, Terri Schmidt, director St. Mark Presbyterian Choir, Richard Messenger, director St. Michael and All Angels Choir, Tim Getz, director St. Nicholas Choir, Mary Ester Blakley, director St. Nicholas Choir, Veronica DeVries, director Trinity Presbyterian Chancel Choir, Hanan Yaqub, director
Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale since 1972, John Alexander has received consistent acclaim for his inspired leadership, both on the podium and as an advocate for the advancement of the arts. In his long and distinguished career, he has conducted hundreds of performances of choirs and orchestras in 27 countries around the globe. As witnessed in this American Masterpieces Choral Festival, Alexander is a strong proponent of American music, programming groundbreaking works by
California composers and bringing 12 West Coast and world premieres to Southern California in the past 13 years. Choruses prepared by Alexander have performed under many of the most renowned conductors, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Keith Lockhart, John Mauceri, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwartz and Max Rudolf.
Morten Lauridsen occupies a permanent place in the standard and vocal repertoire of the 20th century. He has been described as “the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic (whose) probing, serene work contains an elusive and indefinable ingredient which leaves the impression that all the questions have been answered” by musicologist/conductor Nick
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